Thursday, February 21, 2008

Out of hibernation

Been some time. I do feel like a sloth, hence the title. I am still getting used to white weather and not sure if I will ever be acclimatized.

I have been reading a lot since I seem to spend a lot of my evenings shuttling the kids to one activity or the other. Madras on rainy nights by Samina Ali was one of the latest. Yet another Indo-American author with her first one. Interesting. Gave a glimpse of muslim India at a depth previously unknown.

Then there is my favorite gaslight mystery series by Victoria Thompson. I have finally managed to get up to date with her books and am eagerly awaiting the next one. Her series deals with murders investigated by an Irish detective and a high-society-born-married-down-widowed-midwife. There is another underlying mystery about the midwife's husband's death and the next book is apparently about that. Set in very late 19th century New York, the police commissioner in the series is Teddy Roosevelt, the soon-to-be prez. I got curious and googled and found that he served as a NY commish for 2 years. The atmosphere depicted seems a lot like India, a few decades back. Could easily be adapted to tamil movies.

On a segue, the little one has started music lessons (carnatic and piano) this month and it is a trial to both the teacher and the parent. She can't sit still for a minute. Looking at the positive side, I am learning to play the piano.

The big baby has turned out to be near-sighted and is proudly wearing her extra pair of eyes. She is extremely happy that she can read the time off the cable box.


rads said...

ah goody u are back! :D

gaslight mystery eh? Hmm.. never read any, should try. I love a good mystery!

Piano's fun as long as the teacher doesnt stress the kids out. So steer clear of Asian ones ;)

Munimma said...

I usually steer clear ;-)

Me too said...

White stuff seems to be giving you newcomers an extra spl. welcome this year!

I just finished 'Bollywood confidential' by Sonia Singh. Quite hilarious!

Carnatic and Piano, huh? It reminded me of Shruti Hasan's Usha Uthup style rendering of 'then pandi seemaiyile' in some TV interview.